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Social Media: India’s New Epidemic

By Inderjit Badhwar Our cover story this week is a subdued yet trenchant analysis of the Supreme Court’s stellar role in coaxing, cajoling and goading the executive branch into making policy chang...

Amoral Taxes

In India, the Constitution authorises the government to raise taxes, but also says that each taxation idea must be accompanied by a law, enacted to that end. Taxes are legal but how ethical are they?

Hybrid Hearing: Not a Necessity, But an Opportunity

The breakout of Covid-19 necessitated the formation of digital courts. However, not all lawyers are conversant with its intricacies. The way out is hybrid courts like abroad which will serve the citizens well.

CJI NV Ramana’s tenure: Plugging the gaps

The challenges before the chief justice of India are varied, starting with giving more teeth to the SC Collegium, ensuring more diversity on the apex court benches and taking urgent measures to restore the public trust in the judiciary. But he has the courage and commitment to take these head on.

Federalism: Split wide open

Recent disagreements between the Union and states have shown that federalism can succeed only if both run administrations according to the Constitution, constitutionalism and constitutional morality.

Laws for seafarers: All at sea over Covid-19

A recent study found gaping holes in the laws that apply to international seafarers during the Covid 19 pandemic. Normally, this would have been a major human rights violation issue. Today, it is also a bigger, legal problem.

Brexit and the Indian Perspective

Great Britain is no longer part of the European Union. This ends the free movement of goods between the United Kingdom and the European Union. India perceives it to be a good chance to improve trade relations with both but hurdles remain.

Limits to Executive Rule-making Powers: The Quiescence of the British Courts?

In the case of facilitating British citizenship to children born of legal migrants who were law-aiding British citizens, it should be seen that their core human rights are not violated and justice is dispensed.

Tarun Tejpal case: A Special Case Handled with Special Care

The judge was faced with a difficult trial and handled it the best she could. She decided it systematically and gave a summary of rape cases to remind herself of the principles which must be kept in view.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Both systems have pros and cons. While a good monarch with an ear to the ground can be an invaluable neutral voice, a president in a constitutional democracy can act as an advisor and a ceremonial head.

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